New Jersey Investigating DraftKings Tournament Dispute

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The New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement announced this week that they're investigating an incident that took place at the DraftKings Championship after a man claims the company screwed him out of a $1 million win.

Gambler Rufus Peabody said that he placed a series of bets this past weekend on two different NFL playoff games. He put down a $10,000 bet for a chance to win $1 million, but DraftKings claims that he didn't get the last bet in on time. Peabody still ended up taking home $330,000, but he is upset (understandably), as he feels that he's owed an extra $670,000. He decided to lodge a formal complaint with the DGE, saying that the book didn't pay winnings from the first game fast enough to let him fully participate in the second game, which was part of the promotion.

For their part, DraftKings is sticking to their guns. Spokesman James Chisolm said, "We recognize that in the rules the scheduled end of betting coincided very closely to the finish of the of Patriots-Chargers game. While we must follow our contest rules, we sincerely apologize for the experience several customers had where their bets were not graded in time to allow wagering on the Saints-Eagles game. We will learn from this experience and improve upon the rules and experience for future events."

The dispute isn't entirely unique for the new sportsbetting market, as rival FanDuel ended up with what they called a computer glitch, which cost a punter $82,000 in winnings. The group ended up paying the sum, but it's hard to imagine DraftKings paying out a huge discrepancy such as this one.

We'll update readers as we learn more.

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16 January 2019 - 7:41pm

Oh man, I'd be pissed if this happened to me. If they're going to have a promotion like this, they need to make sure the funds are in the account quickly enough for the player to place the bets.


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5 February 2019 - 3:12pm

You're completely right's their own fault if the guy couldn't make that second bet in time but they've... sincerely apologize!!!! What the f**k, at least they should of offer the guy(and all of the rest of the punters) some compensation of let's say 50% of the amount.

I hope his complaint will do the job and he'll be completely funded and why not a compensation over that can't just apologize for screwing someone with a mill..there's suppose to be some rules.